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Soldier and VAR kill the champion: the Grenada, semis – SPANISH FOOTBALL

by: Adam Smith


Soldier and VAR kill the champion: the Grenada, semis - SPANISH FOOTBALL 1

In Los Cármenes, very close to La Alhambra, a monumental match was lived. With passion, without respite and with history, the one who wrote Granada, who will be in the semi-finals for the fourth time 51 years after his last time. It was also a modern football match, the VAR, who annulled a goal to Rodrigo for half a foot of the Hispanic-Brazilian and alerted Gonzalez González to hands in the Jaume Costa area when no one had noticed. It was Roberto Soldado who executed him, signing a double of legend and liquidating the reigning champion, who defended his throne with nails and teeth.

Granada and Valencia offered an ode to the Copa del Rey, a football show worthy of a collector. Rubiales has to record it in a pen and with that video, plus the gestations of the Cultural and Mirandés, he can boast for the world of his format change. The Cup life or death is no place for cowards and neither Nazari nor white were. Diego Martínez and Albert Celades came out with everything, because they knew it was semi-final or home, and none of their footballers were kept a drop of sweat.

Just before the break 22 shots to goal and 15 times which is clearer, with two shots to Foulquier’s and Yangel’s club and The goal voided to Rodrigo. Soldier hit first and fast, two minutes later. Whoever thought that at 34 years old came to Granada to ski in Sierra Nevada is that he does not know him. But Rodrigo Moreno struck later, in 39′, noting that the noise that was generated by the interest of Barcelona, by one ear entered him and by another came out. But beyond goals, it happened everything and almost always in the areas. The pace was so frantic that even anyone who saw it from home would do it in tension.

There was no minute in the first half without someone stepping on one of the areas, and whenever either of the opponents arrived, there was a shot at the door. There he claimed the greatness of the party, in which Granada bit as it should be done when your people pull you as the Nasrid hobby did. But Valencia didn’t wrinkle, nor did their football deserve to punish.

The passage through the locker room slowed down the roadway but not the intensity. The party became more tactical and there Valencia was better mimerated. Arrivals were less frequent, but first they were always in the Granada area. But Aaron grew up big against Ferran and then Diego Martínez moved his chips perfectly. Machis’ departure oxygenated his defense of white-white control. Jaume started again to see them come and have to intervene. And when it seemed that Granada would play their fourth extra time, came the penalty by the hands of Jaume Costa, the goal of the legend called Soldado and what Granada will play is their fourth semi-final.


Victor Diaz (45′, Vadillo), Gonoalo Guedes (67′, Ferrán Torres), Machís (68′, Carlos Fernandez), Brice (85′, Gonalons), Florenzi (86′, Rodrigo), Ruben Sobrino (94′, Mouctar Diakhaby)


1-0, 2′: Soldier, 1-1, 39′: Rodrigo, 2-1, 93′: Soldier


Gonalons (42′,Yellow) Soldier (52′,Yellow